• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 85 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the mysteries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this secret itineraries tour. Skip the long line and head straight inside to explore the palace’s opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist, and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and wander the dark dungeons of the New Prison network.


  • 1.25-hour guided Doge's Palace tour with skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Tour the beautiful public rooms and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the doges of Venice, who ruled the city for a thousand years
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once held
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs to explore the New Prisons

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Doge's Palace

Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue. 
Wander through awe-inspiring public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded carvings, murals and opulent décor. Your guide will point out Renaissance masterworks by painters Tintoretto and Veronese, including the famous ceiling fresco Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice. See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn how this room was used to dispatch the fearsome secret service to investigate traitors of the republic. 
Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison — a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public, and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape. 
Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your 1.25-hour tour.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was terrific! Our guide gave us great information and doing it first thing in the morning made it especially enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants a truly complete tour of the Doge's Palace.

Doug V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

It was great!

Frances R C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was well organized, conducted, and clearly explained. Compliments!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour is amazing!! You get to see amazing things and understand how things worked back then. Please don't forget to take the regular tour too this tour is only of the Secret itineraries.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour! Very informative, saw most of the palace. This a must!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable loved the paintings and the prison was very interesting

Jeri J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Seamless tour. Well organized and very, very interesting!

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a must do. Access to fascinating parts of the Palace that are closed to others. Knowledgeable guide brings it all to life. Maybe the best single building tour I have ever experienced.

Stephanei H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our guide, sadly I don't remember her name, was great. She was full of knowledge about the Doge Palace and the history of legislature in Venice. The tour allowed us in places the regular ticket would not let you go, and the rooms were definitely a highlight of the museum. Highly recommended tour you won't be sorry.

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